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Amelia Vega weds Al Horford

27-year old Amelia Vega has promised that she and her new husband, 25-year old Al Horford will invite many friends to their formal wedding. But in a surprise wedding on Christmas Eve at her Uncle Juan Luis Guerra and Aunt Nora Vega’s house in Santo Domingo, she wed Puerto Plata-born star Atlanta Hawks basketball player. Horford has a five-year US$85 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks. Vega is the daughter of a physician resident in Miami and her mother Patricia Polanco was a former Miss Dominican Republic in 1980. The NBA tournament has resumed in the US and Horford was just able to grab the few days for the ceremony. Indeed, Diario Libre reported he arrived on 23 December and met with the chief of the Police and then was at the Central Electoral Board to renew his Dominican ID-cedula, needed to wed Amelia Vega as a Dominican. Horford is the son of a former Dominican Republic team basketball player, Tito Horford.

After her year as Miss Universe, Amelia Vega began to prepare for a career as a singer. At the same time, she is the owner of two clothing shops in Coral Gables, Essence by Amelia Vega.

Local press commented that for the ceremony, Vega chose a dress in white by local designer Belkola.

Her first album, Agua Dulce went on sale in August 2010. In the album, Vega herself wrote 3 of the 10 songs — “Por ti,” dedicated to her uncle Mario Polanco, who died in 2010, “Dentro de ti” and “Segunda oportunidad” – and performed a duet with merengue star Johnny Ventura entitled “Tocame la tambora.”

Vega is a backup singer on the concert tour her uncle Juan Luis Guerra is currently making in Latin America.